Tom Marino

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Tom Marino
Tom Marino Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Chris Carney
United States Attorney for the
Middle District of Pennsylvania
In office
2002–2007
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by David Barasch
Succeeded by Martin Carlson
District Attorney
of Lycoming County
In office
1992–2002
Preceded by Brett Feese
Succeeded by Michael Dinges
Personal details
Born (1952-08-13) August 13, 1952 (age 62)[1]
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Edie Marino
Children Two
Residence Lycoming Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Lycoming College, B.A.
Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Thomas Anthony Marino (born August 13, 1952) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.

The district, located in northeastern Pennsylvania, includes Lackawanna and Luzerne counties outside of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre (communities such as Clarks Summit, Kingston, and the Back Mountain towns of Trucksville, Shavertown, and Dallas) as well as all or most of Bradford, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Union, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and a small part of Tioga counties.

Early life and education[edit]

Marino was born and raised in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.[2] Marino received his undergraduate degree from Lycoming College and his juris doctor from Dickinson School of Law.[3]

Law career[edit]

Marino served as a Lycoming County District Attorney from 1992–2002, and was then selected as a U.S. Attorney.

In 2007, Marino resigned from office as U.S. Attorney after a Department of Justice investigation was launched for giving a reference to convicted felon Louis DeNaples, who needed the reference to obtain a license to operate slot machines at his Mount Airy Lodge casino in Eastern Pennsylvania. Marino falsely claimed he had written permission from the Justice Department to issue the reference, and the Justice Department confirmed they did not give permission. Marino resigned while under review by the Department of Justice, and accepted a position as Louis DeNaples in-house attorney for $250,000 per year. Marino's resignation, under Justice Department guidelines, ended the internal affairs probe.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

In 2010, Marino decided to challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Chris Carney of Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. He won the three-candidate Republican primary with 41% of the vote, defeating Dave Madeira (31%) and Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk (28%).[5] On November 2, 2010, Marino defeated Carney 55-45%. He won every county in the district except Luzerne and Lackawanna.[6][7]

2012

After redistricting, he decided to run in the newly redrawn 10th district, which is more reliably Republican and includes more counties in the central part of the state. He won re-election to a second term, defeating Democratic nominee Philip Scollo 66%-34%.[8]

Tenure[edit]

Marino is one of the most conservative members of the Pennsylvania delegation. He ranked third among PA members in Americans for Prosperity’s scorecard (70%) and fifth in Club for Growth's scorecard (63%).[9]

In 2011, Rep. Marino became a co-sponsor of Bill H.R.3261 otherwise known as the Stop Online Piracy Act.[10]

Marino supports the death penalty. He believes that the mentally ill and criminals should not be able to obtain guns.[11]

In July 2012, Marino introduced a bill to help fund local and state governments, about $800 million per year, to sustain various law enforcement activities such as prosecution, prevention, education, training, and corrections called the "Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2012". Marino said, "Local law enforcement agencies and officials need nothing less than our full support in combating crime on every level".[12][13]

In July 2013, Marino voted "NO" to Rep. Justin Amash's amendment #413 to H.R. 2397 "To end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act and bar the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215"[14] which Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, an author of the Patriot Act, considers un-American.[15]

In August 2014, Marino had a confrontation on the House floor with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, after he blamed her for the current immigration crisis, claiming that she could have dealt with the issue when the Democrats held a majority in both houses of Congress at the beginning of President Barack Obama's first term. [16]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Marino introduced the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 2641; 113th Congress) into the House.[17] The bill would aim to expedite the review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for construction projects that are partly or fully financed with federal funds or require permits or approvals from federal regulatory agencies.[18] On March 6, 2014, the House voted 229-179 to pass the bill.[19]

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

2010 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tom Marino 109,603 55
Democratic Chris Carney (incumbent) 89,170 45

Personal life[edit]

Marino resides outside Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Edie, and his two children.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Guide to the New Congress". CQ Roll Call. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Marino wants less government, lower taxes". The Daily Item. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  3. ^ "MARINO, Thomas A., (1952 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Birkbeck, Matt (1 October 2010). "Source: Marino resigned while under review". The Morning Call. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "PA - District 10 - R Primary Race - May 18, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^ "PA - District 10 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "PA - District 10 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Bradford Commissioner Might Primary Marino". PoliticsPA. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  10. ^ Bill H.R.3261
  11. ^ Brady, Chris (2013-03-26). "Marino: Keep guns away from mentally ill, felons". standard-journal.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  12. ^ "House Passes Byrne-JAG Program | Congressman Thomas Marino". Marino.house.gov. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  13. ^ "Rep. Calls on Bureau of Prisons to Make Improvements | Congressman Thomas Marino". Marino.house.gov. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  14. ^ "H.Amdt. 413 (Amash) to H.R. 2397: Amendment sought to end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot ...". GovTrack.us. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  15. ^ "Jim Sensenbrenner, Patriot Act Author, Slams 'Un-American' NSA Verizon Phone Records Grab". HuffPo. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  16. ^ Itkowitz, Colby. "Rep. Marino: Pelosi confrontation was ‘walk in the park’". www.washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "H.R. 2641 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "H.R. 2641 - CBO". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (6 March 2014). "House votes to limit environmental reviews". The Hill. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Marino for US Congress". [dead link]

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Preceded by
Chris Carney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district

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David Barasch
U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
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Martin Carlson
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Brett Feese
District Attorney of Lycoming County
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Michael Dinges
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